Can space junk be cleaned up?

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  1. Oztinato profile image51
    Oztinatoposted 2 years ago

    Can space junk be cleaned up?

    There are already over 200,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the earth. In a few more decades it will be in the millions. Can scientists clean up this orbiting pollution?

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    LoliHeyposted 2 years ago

    Probably best to just leave it there.  It would be a waste of money.

  3. HeadlyvonNoggin profile image84
    HeadlyvonNogginposted 2 years ago

    That's how everything in the solar system started. As floating debris. Eventually it will all fall back to Earth, most of it burning up upon re-entry. Besides, consider the amount of ground space there is on Earth. Now expand that out about 4 miles in each direction and that's how much space we're talking about. A lot. 200,000 sounds like a lot, but you'd be hard pressed to find any of it.

    1. Oztinato profile image51
      Oztinatoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Von Noggin
      scientists claim it will stop future generations from getting into space as it increases to millions of small pieces. Smaller pieces can take several generations to fall.

    2. HeadlyvonNoggin profile image84
      HeadlyvonNogginposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I just don't see it being an issue. Think about a million small pieces strewn throughout the planet surface. Now imagine that surface area doubled. And add to that they're in 3 dimensional space rather than along a 2d plane. Not worth the concern.

    3. Oztinato profile image51
      Oztinatoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Von Noggin
      I recently watched a NASA documentary that claimed at the current rate of space pollution it will be impossible to get into space in the future. These particles travel faster than bullets. When they collide more bits are created.

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